Lansing

David Hollister, Mark Bashore, Eric Scorsone photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

In his annual State of the City report, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero said the city is financially strong. But that’s in the short term. Officials say in the coming year, Lansing must gain control of its $600-million in unfunded retiree health care and pension debt. Wel talk with two members of the Lansing Financial Health Team.


group of people in volunteers of america office
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

The Volunteers of America-Michigan specializes in providing services for the homeless in the Lansing area.  Tonight, VOA staff will take to the streets to count the city’s homeless numbers and offer their help. Current State talks with VOA executive vice-president Patrick Patterson about the agency’s annual “Point In Time Count.”

Virg Bernero photo
courtesy / City of Lansing

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero is at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with Bernero about Lansing’s fiscal health and other challenges in the coming year.


Michael Beebe photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

The Turner-Dodge House on Lansing’s north side was built just before the Civil War. It’s one of mid-Michigan’s most popular tourist sites. This weekend, Christmas comes alive as the old mansion hosts its annual Festival of Trees. Current State’s Kevin Lavery takes a peek inside.


Gordon Takes Home LFL POY Award

Nov 24, 2015
WKAR

The Lansing Football League Player of the Year Award was presented to Lansing Warriors player Carre'on Gordon. The nominees, along with family and friends, gathered at the Capital Area District Library downtown Lansing, MI for the trophy presentation. 

A woman and two young girls
Katie Cook / WKAR

A little bit of Paris is finding its way into the diverse mix of cultures in the Lansing area. Current State's Katie Cook talks to Gaëlle Cassin-Ross, founder of the new French immersion school Aux Petits Soins.

Mosaics brighten up abandoned GM lot in Lansing

Nov 2, 2015
Lansing mosaic photo
April Van Buren / WKAR

An empty GM parking lot on West Saginaw is a little brighter now thanks to a new public art installation. The project was a collaboration between MSU students and youth who have been through the juvenile justice system. Current State's April Van Buren visits the site.


Emil's exterior photo
Katie Cook / WKAR

Lansing’s oldest restaurant, Emil’s, closes its doors today. Current State talks with owner Paul Grescowle about what he’ll remember most about his time there, and what he has planned next.


Courtesy photo / Shelley Davis Mielock

Lansing voters head to the polls next week to decide who will occupy four seats on the city council. They’ll also determine a ballot proposal involving city contracts.

 

Courtesy Adam Hussain / Facebook

Adam Hussain is a lifelong resident of southwest Lansing and a middle school teacher in the Waverly school district. He's running for city council in Lansing's third ward.

 

Adam Hussain is a graduate of Michigan State University and Central Michigan University.  His battle cry is "real change in southwest Lansing."  He's facing incumbent A'Lynne Boles.

Boji Tower photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring an eight-month long program to train the next generation of civic leaders. We talk with a coach and a participant of the first Leadership Lansing session, starting this month.


Lansing Maker Week photo
Joe Carr / East Lansing Public Library

Lansing Maker Week has wrapped up. Current State talks with 3-D printing expert Joe Carr about what Makers are doing in Lansing.


'Sepia to Selfies' photo
Courtesy photo / Library of Michigan

Lansing history through the photographer’s lens: the exhibit "Sepia to Selfies" is now on view at the Library of Michigan.

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Dennis Rodeman photo
Courtesy image / City of Lansing

The Lansing Fire Department is saying goodbye to one of its own today. Firefighter and Marine Corps veteran Dennis Rodeman will be laid to rest today. Thousands of people are expected at MSU for his memorial service. We hear from two of Dennis Rodeman’s fellow firemen.


Grand River photo
WKAR File Photo

In Lansing we’ve all heard of the River Trail--the 20-mile plus network of paved trails alongside the Grand and Red Cedar rivers.  Thousands of walkers, runners and bikers use it yearly.  

Is it time for a Grand River ‘water trail?’

A number of river and paddling enthusiasts would say ‘yes.’

A water trail offers canoeists and kayakers a more guided paddling experience, with better-marked access points and other amenities.  Proponents say water trails can also generate tourism for communities along its route.

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